Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021

A surprising craze for tractor surfing has given elderly south Armagh farmers a new lease of life.

They have rigged up special surf boards attached to ploughs, and enjoy being whizzed around fields by tractors while getting the ploughing done at the same time.

Sarah Ni Hallion, activities organiser for the newly formed south Armagh Old Farmers Club, said: “We wanted to try normal surfing, but pulling on a wet suit can be very difficult for people suffering pitchfork elbow.

“After discussing the problem over a few pints in The Three Steps Pub, we decided we could probably still surf when being towed behind a tractor.

“So we went to Peadar’s farm and set it all up – and it’s been a huge hit. Old farmers from across south Armagh have been having a go, and there’s no reason this cannot become a popular televised sport on UTV.”

The elderly farmers are still coming up with all the rules for their new sport.

But one popular variant involves five of them surfing at once – and seeing who is the last to fall off as the tractor goes ever faster.

There have been one or two minor injuries, including one farmer having his left leg cut off by the plough, but otherwise there are no health and safety concerns.

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